Nagba-volleyball ako noong high school -- June Mar Fajardo

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 14, 2017 09:51 AM
Nagba-volleyball ako noong high school -- June Mar Fajardo
Three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo could've been a solid middle blocker if only he chose to take volleyball seriously.

Imagine three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo guarding the net with his hulking 6-foot-10 frame trying to shut down a hitter’s attack.

Or the 270-pound San Miguel Beermen center pounding a spike.

That would surely be scary, right?

Fortunately or unfortunately, Fajardo decided to pursue and excel in his hoops career.

The towering four-time PBA champion could’ve been a dangerous middle blocker if he chose to take volleyball seriously.

ABS-CBN Sports caught up with the center during SMB’s three-peat PBA Philippine Cup championship victory party in San Miguel Corporation headquarters.

He said that he did enjoy playing volleyball back during his days in Bato National High School in Toledo City in Cebu.     

“Nagba-volleyball ako dati noong high school ako eh,” he said. “Pero hindi naman varsity, naglalaro-laro lang.”

Asked if he can still play the game, the boyfriend of former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle Aerieal Patnongon said he thinks he still can. 

“Siguro (‘yung skill ko nandoon). Eh hinahampas-hampas lang ‘yan eh,” he said.

But Fajardo would like to leave volleyball to his sweetheart who will reunite with former Ateneo teammate Alyssa Valdez to banner the newcomer Creamline Cool Smashers in the 14th V-League Reinforced Conference.

This time the 5-time PBA Best Player of the Conference winner will be the one sitting on the stands watching the second most popular ballgame in the country, cheering for Patnongon. 

“Kung wala akong practice siyempre manonood ako ng game nila. Kasi April din yun eh, malamang may practice kami nun,” said Fajardo. “Kapag may time manonood ako, siyempre girlfriend ko ‘yun kaya susuportahan ko.”

His wish for Patnongon in her return to volleyball.

“Sana lagi siyang maglaro ng maayos and imo-motivate ko siya. Then 'yung morale support ko sa kanya (laging nandoon),” he said.


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